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Legal Officer (Maternity Cover)
MRG is looking to recruit a Legal Officer (Maternity Cover) – 4 days per week with possibility of extension to 5 days.
The contract start date will be in mid-August 2017, an end date in early September 2018. This post will be based in our London office.
Grade C (£31,959- 35,075 Full time equivalent) per annum
Closing Date: Wednesday 26th July 2017
The main purpose of the job is to help MRG achieve its mission to realise the rights of minorities and indigenous peoples round the world, through the use of litigation, legal empowerment, legal tools and other advocacy. Specifically, the post-holder will work with local partners and lawyers to build communities’ legal skills, advise on and provide support for community-led litigation to address rights violations, and enable activists to improve their advocacy. The post-holder will also work on improving knowledge of legal professionals on international standards and national laws that address or impact on minorities and indigenous peoples.
Candidate should have at least 2 years’ experience of human rights litigation in international or regional courts or monitoring bodies, (at least some of which should have been in Europe e.g. European Court of Human Rights), including responsibility for drafting legal submissions and/or at least 2 years’ experience of human rights litigation in domestic courts. Candidates should also have at least 2 years’ experience of implementing international human rights or legal projects (including experience of at least two of project design, managing budgets, managing staff or interns, monitoring and evaluation).
Ideally the candidates would have first-class legal abilities, including the ability to draft legal documents and the understanding of the strategic use of international litigation.
Candidate will need excellent inter-personal and communications skills.
Please send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org
Should you have any queries about the post, please contact email@example.com
MRG values diversity. MRG is willing to apply for work permission for this post but will only be able to do so if there is no suitable settled worker candidate.